Summer in the Cities

Summer in the Cities

There is so much to do if you are sticking around the KW area for the summer. Nearly every weekend there is a great festival or event to attend. My family and I love bumping into people from our community, listening to great music or chomping down on some fantastic food.

We have lots planned this summer, and I wanted to share a couple of my favourite events.

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Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival!

Uptown Jazz Festival

The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual three day FREE music festival held in Waterloo, showcasing all genres of jazz. This is the 24th season, and is always jam packed with great entertainment and people.  Last year more than 35,000 enthusiastic festival goers come out to the event at the corner of Regina and William. Check out the artist 2016 lineup!
Start Date: Friday, 15 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 17 July 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

Kitchener Blues Festival 2016

Blues Festival

The Kitchener Blues Festival always follows the weekend of the “Civic Holiday” in Canada, starting on Thursday with a Kick Off Concert, then all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This premeir blues festival attracts tourists from all over the world and delights our local community. It’s FREE admission from Friday to Sunday! However, some concert events are ticketed, for more details please click here!

Start Date: Thursday, 04 August 2016
End Date: Sunday, 07 August 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Berlin Tower ARTSPACE

Showcasing community arts and culture, the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE is home to a variety of exhibits annually, including work in progress by the artist-in-residence.  It is located on the ground floor of Kitchener City Hall and is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Start Date: Sunday, 3 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 31 July 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday Night Concerts

Every Sunday, right through to September 4 check out Sunday Night Concerts at Gore Park – 68 Arthur St. S., Woolwich ON. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy some tunes outdoors FOR FREE! Check out concert dates here!

Start Date: Sunday, 3 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 4 September 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Don’t see your event here? There’s more!

Wow! What a storm!

It’s been one week since the hurricane-like winds swept through Kitchener Waterloo leaving a swath of destruction. Thousands of  residents were left in the dark due to extreme weather and damaged hydro lines. Luckily, no major injuries occurred but many trees were damaged.

Like many families, Stephen McDonald, the General Manager of Afterglow has been busy cleaning up after the storm. “We had over a dozen trees in our neighbourhood go down” Stephen told us, “the damages are unfortunate, but it’s incredible to see everyone in our community come together to help”.

The McDonald boys, Sacha and Rowan had some fun after the storm with this photo shoot!

Several neighbourhoods went through extensive clean up after the storm subsided. The old saying… many hands make light work could not be more true. “We had five neighbourhood home owners banded together to help out, including helping the recently widowed lady down the street”. Stephen said.

The vice-president of operations at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, Wilf Meston, estimated the total repair bill for Kitchener around $300,000.

“Many areas experienced the same damages as Kitchener and Waterloo” said Stephen, “but in KW We are fortunate to have a community that works together”.

The hottest weekend events!

This is turning out to be the “do not miss Weekend of the Summer”!

Of all the weekends to live in Kitchener or Waterloo, this one may be the most exciting. From Jazz music, to beer tasting, to open streets and a rib fest midway, there’s something for everyone. We have the details you need to plan your weekend. Don’t miss out on these great events:

1. Sunlife Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual 3 day FREE music festival held in Uptown Waterloo.  Look forward to a diverse line up of Jazz music all weekend long as well as Jazz for kids and delicious food vendors.

Fri 6-10:30pm, Sat 12-10:30pm, Sun 12-4pm

Click here for the festival schedule

2. Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is pairing with the Jazz Festival Saturday night. This will be the first ever Openstreets at night! Walk King St with friends and family.

Live Jazz artists, Uptown food vendors and an Artist Alley  from the Button Factory are just some of the highlights.

Sat 6-10pm

3. Kitchener Rib and Beer Fest has free admission with a food bank donation all weekend long. The 10th anniversary event will feature craft beer tasting, BBQ chicken and ribs and a MIDWAY.

Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12- 6pm

It’s a busy weekend that you won’t want to miss. See you at the events!

Afterglow Community Report – June 21st

The countdown to summer is over. June 21st marks the first day of summer, the longest day of the year and we are marking the occasion with lots of great events in Waterloo.

Uptown Waterloo has been bustling this spring, with cool car days like Cruzin’ in the Square classic car show, and memorable live musical performances and Open Streets. I’m amazed at the transformation this area undergone. Born and raised in Waterloo I’ve seen this city flourish and grow into what it is today. It wasn’t long ago the Public Square was a parking lot, surrounded by discount stores.

 My family and I are looking forward to spending the weekend at the public square.

 Grab some delicious edibles and crafts drinks at Solstice Sampling  this Friday June 21st 7-11pm in the Uptown Square.

Steel Rails 2013 departs at 7pm this Friday as well. Local artists and members of the community come together for party on a Waterloo train. (Unfortunately the event has been sold out for many weeks.)

Opening weekend has finally come for my friends at Taco Farm. This will be its first weekend with open doors and I know its unique menu and margarita list is sure to please!

All in all a busy weekend in Waterloo and there’s only more to come for my favourite community and home.

See you in Waterloo!

Stephen, Afterglow GM

FOR THE DAD’S!

We are a family-run business at Afterglow. George McDonald started the company in the early 1990s.  Over the years, both of his sons have joined him, and his youngest, Stephen, is now the General Manager.

In honour of Father’s Day, we asked George and Stephen what it’s like to work with each other!

George McDonald, Afterglow President, (Dad)

What is it like working with your sons?
It is a great feeling to realize that we have created a rewarding business that allows the three of us to work together.
Did you think Stephen would go into the family business?
He always took a special interest in the business, and puts a lot of effort in business development, from computer systems and internal processes, to sales and technical installations. With his energy and conviction, I feel confident that the next generation of Afterglow will be even more successful. Now we will have to make sure that the third generation keeps it up.
What is the best part about working with Stephen?
His positive attitude is contagious. Everyday he is in a good mood and making work fun. And he approaches the challenges of running a business with a smart, up-beat attitude.

Stephen McDonald, General Manager (Son)
What is it like working with your dad?
When I was younger I didn’t think much of it. But as I get older, and I have boys of my own, I realize how special it is. Maybe someday we will have three generations will work at Afterglow.
Did you think you would take over the family business?
Not right away, but later I did. My dad is a fantastic engineer / inventor. He loves to find solutions to technical problems and that is how the business was started. I realized that I had to step up on the business side to make sure all those details were looked after.
What is the best part about working with your Dad?
His wisdom and his technical expertise. You know the current business books talk about being genuine and to follow your gut instinct – well that is how he is! And technically, I think that his ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions has rubbed off on me a little bit, and I’m thankful for that.

Happy Father’s Day from Afterglow!